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A framework for assessing the contribution of UK local authorities toward compliance with the EU ambient air quality directive

Fremantle, Katherine; De Vito, Laura; Williams, Ben; Longhurst, James

Authors

Katherine Fremantle

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Dr Laura De Vito Laura.Devito@uwe.ac.uk
Research Fellow in Air Quality Management Resource Centre

Ben Williams Ben3.Williams@uwe.ac.uk
Research Fellow in Air Quality Management Resource Centre



Abstract

Implementation outcomes of the Ambient Air Quality Directive (AAQD) (2008/50/EC)) are weak across European Union (EU) member states. In the UK, Local Authorities (LAs) must work toward reducing air pollution, however, means of assessing the extent and effectiveness of their contribution are limited. This paper develops a framework to evaluate policies implemented by UK LAs to address air pollution and applies it to Air Quality Action Plans (AQAP) of five cities. It looks at how, and the extent to which, LA air quality policies align with AAQD requirements, thus advancing empirical and academic knowledge on implementation literature surrounding multi-level governance, specifically the policy disconnect between the AAQD and UK Local Air Quality Management (LAQM). The application of the framework shows how LAs can better integrate AQAPs into their LAQM plans to assess, develop, improve and implement their air quality policies on the ground.

Citation

Fremantle, K., De Vito, L., Williams, B., & Longhurst, J. (in press). A framework for assessing the contribution of UK local authorities toward compliance with the EU ambient air quality directive. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2021.1888698

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 4, 2021
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2021
Deposit Date May 4, 2021
Publicly Available Date Apr 2, 2022
Journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Print ISSN 0964-0568
Electronic ISSN 1360-0559
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2021.1888698
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development; Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; General Environmental Science; Water Science and Technology; Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7261057
Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=cjep20; Received: 2020-08-31; Revised: 2021-02-02; Accepted: 2021-02-04; Published: 2021-04-01